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The Black Horse Inn Restaurant

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Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
+44(0)1622 737185
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that...
Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 48
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sunda lunch

Table for 4 for Sunday lunch. Fantastic food great service and full bellies! Dog friendly and lovely surroundings. Definitely worth a visit. Never had a bed meal here and its always on our short list of Kent pubs to visit. Also great for kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
ChickandNik
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Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom
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Pioneer, Tennessee
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The last time I was here was for a Christmas Dinner that was absolutely sumptuous. Service was excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all in attendance. One of the local choir groups was also indulging in their Christmas dinner and festivities and we were treated to gorgeous Christmas caroling right then and there; an experience to behold... I... More 

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Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Table for 4 for Sunday lunch. Fantastic food great service and full bellies! Dog friendly and lovely surroundings. Definitely worth a visit. Never had a bed meal here and its always on our short list of Kent pubs to visit. Also great for kids.

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Thank ChickandNik
Dovercourt, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the atmosphere was fantastic, very polite, warm and friendly and service was brilliant. The food was fantastic, I had my first try of pigeon, it was absolutely fab, my hubby had scallops and said the same. mains we had belly of pork and steak, again the food was fantastic.

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Thank Marie L
Kent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Black Horse at the beginning of January for an impromptu lunch. The staff were friendly and efficient, the restaurant and bar area very clean, nice atmosphere and delicious meal (we both had steak). We will be returning.

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Thank Septembergirl1
Maidstone, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came midweek and were pleasantly surprised by our first visit. A classic country pub with a blazing open fire and hops hanging from the ceiling. The meals were excellent and reasonably priced, good portions and served to us by a pleasant waitress who was always smiling. Would thoroughly recommend a visit to anyone in the area. It is a... More 

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Thank theblackprincess
Ashford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here a few times in the past and love the atmosphere - lovely food - good service. I seem to remember the menu being more interesting but what we had was good.

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Thank perkyparker85
Poole, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A pleasant-looking restaurant and setting for a large party of Sunday lunch-goers. We were well-received, and service for such a large number of people was very good. However, although some of the party were happy with their main meals, the lamb which several of us had was more fat than meat, so inedible and really not very nice at all.... More 

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Thank John H
Maidstone, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten in the Black Horse many times and as it has always been really good, we decided it would be perfect for our family Christmas meal. Sadly this was not the case. As it was my treat for the family I decided to pay for the full 9 of us prior to the day and called to settle... More 

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Thank Heidisg
Aylesford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks for a lovely Sunday lunch, the staff were lovely and friendly, very prompt service and we were taken care of really well. The food came out really quickly and tasted superb. The pub has a lovely warm friendly feel and the decor is warm and cosy. We both had the roast beef and sticky toffee pudding, highly recommend the... More 

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Thank Chris M
Maidstone, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended this restaurant by work colleagues, Who had both enjoyed the food. We booked a table Saturday 9th January 2016 and loved the ambiance, the service was very efficient although and staff attentive.a couple of dishes on the blackboard were not available so I didn't really understand why they were still displayed to be told they we not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone  >  Thurnham
  • Phone Number: +44(0)1622 737185

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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